Bernd Boente, long-time handler of former world heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko’s career, has reacted exclusively to WBN on a controversial claim which was brought to light this week.
Ex-Klitschko opponent Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison stated on Tuesday that the weighing scales for their famous November 2015 battle were tampered with, potentially by the Ukrainian’s team.
Asked his thoughts on the allegations by Davison, who speculated Klitschko may not have taken kindly to being out-weighed by Fury by almost a stone, Boente gave a rather tongue-in-cheek response.
“First of all, this guy (Ben Davison) wasn’t there as far as I know because Peter Fury was the coach of Tyson Fury,” Boente exclusively told World Boxing News.
“And on top, who believes with all the officials from the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and BDB (German Boxing authorities) that this was possible?
“I guess the new Team Fury needed some fake news to promote this upcoming mismatch against Francesco Pianeta,” he joked.
Fury faced Klitschko for the unified titles in Dusseldorf at the ESPRIT Arena and Davison says his real poundage was lowered in order to avoid a huge differential between the two boxers.
Officially being announced as 247 pounds the day before the fight, Davison claims Fury actually scaled TEN POUNDS heavier than that, meaning the challenger was really twelve pounds north of Klitschko’s limit of 245 pounds.
Outlining his take, Davison said: “18 stone and five pounds is (Tyson’s) real weight for the Wladimir Klitschko fight, on unaltered scales.
“My thoughts are why? Because Wlad or his team didn’t think he’d cope mentally with the size advantage.
“How? I believe a limit was set on the scales before they ‘clocked off’,” he added.
The 29 year-old went on to create history and dethrone Klitschko of his belts in some style but soon his lifestyle spiralled out of control and Fury then didn’t have a fight for two and a half years.
Klitschko would only fight once following the Fury reverse when losing to Anthony Joshua back in April 2017 before hanging up his gloves for good.
Making a comeback in June, Fury weighed 276 pounds, 24 heavier than Davison’s ‘real weight’ for the Klitschko clash and promoter Frank Warren believes the outspoken ex-champ will be closer to his usual weight for this weekend’s bout with Francesco Pianeta.
Since beginning serious training last October, Fury has continued to shed the stones and could be around 255 to 260 pounds when he hits the scales on Friday.
A win for Fury will set up a huge Pay-Per-View outing with WBC ruler Deontay Wilder in November and give the former number one the chance to win the only strap he’s never held since turning pro.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay